A Double First For Arsenal On This Day, 23rd September 1936

This friendly against Glasgow Rangers was the first time that the Compton brothers played in the same Arsenal line-up. Leslie made 273 appearances during a 22 year war-interrupted career at the club between 1931 and 1953. Denis meanwhile managed just 60 in three less years, injury wreaking havoc with his career.

They played just 42 competitive matches in the same line-up, losing and drawing ten, winning twenty-two. The first was 1936s Charity Shield defeat against Sunderland. They did manage to sign off in style, their penultimate fixture was the 1950 FA Cup final.

Highbury Wasn’t Ready To Open Its Doors On This Day, 6th September 1913

Open they may have been although judging by reports, it is surprising that there were doors at all. As Leicester Fosse visited Highbury, they found a ground that was not finished. Building works would continue through the 1913-14 season.

This letter sums up the situation

David Dein Buys Into Arsenal On This Day, 30th August 1983

30081983 David Dein Buys Into ArsenalWho knew where this one would end…

And a manager’s transfer record being criticised by Arsenal supporters. It just goes to show that there is frankly nothing new about the current mood of supporters. Neill had less than six months left in charge, the decision to sack him laid squarely at Dein’s door in the Irishman’s autobiography.

Arsenal Forward Talks Tactics On This Day, 31st August 1934

James Marshall wasn’t the first doctor to play for Arsenal, James Paterson had not long left the Marble Halls. He had arrived amid a flurry of speculation (by the standards of the time), hailed as the successor to David Jack when he signed in July 1934. It didn’t work out that way, Marshall made just 5 appearances for the club and scored his only goal in the Charity Shield of that year, a 4 – 0 win over Manchester City.
31081934 James Marshall in the Mirror

Arsenal Hit Pompey For Six On This Day, 29th August 1987

29081987 Arsenal 6 Portsmouth 0 pI seem to recall at the time there was some nostalgia in the media for Portsmouth’s return to the top flight. Little could those scribes – any of us – have foreseen how their Premier League adventure would end in the next century.

As it was, former Arsenal captain Alan Ball saw his charges destroyed by Alan Smith’s first hat-trick for the club following his £800k transfer from Leicester City and subsequent loan spell with his old employers. It would precede the same goal tally for Smith in George Graham’s first title-winning season, almost twelve months to the day later.

29081987 Arsenal 6 Portsmouth 0


Smudger Hat-trick Sets The Tone For The Season On This Day, 27th August 1988

A late start to the Football League season saw Arsenal hammer Wimbledon at Plough Lane. Lax security meant I was able to walk through the dressing room area to the players lounge unchallenged which topped off the day for me, having conversed with Bobby Moore once he had finished his LBC duties.

27081988 Wimbledon 5-1